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botanist

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826 days ago

Hey Folks, got a question for ya.

I’m pretty good at designing projects in Sketchup and running Cutlist, but there’s a problem that I’m still having, and that’s creating blueprints.

I can use the cut list output to size all of my pieces, but I still need a guide for putting everything together correctly. Does anyone have any tips for creating good blueprints to follow from a Sketchup model? I can apply dimensions and create different scenes, but it’s pretty clunky, especially if I need to look at a piece in a couple of dimensions. I’ve contemplated making copies of different pieces, but I’m not really sure if that’s the best method. Any help would be appreciated.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 826 days ago

I’ll usually do separate scene with a breakdown of parts involved in any mini-assembly and add relevant measurements on 1-2 sides. there is no magic tool to do this as far as I know, and this is where people really like using Layout and the Pro version of SketchUp for those purposes exactly

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Richard

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#2 posted 826 days ago

Check out this site http://www.srww.com/blog/?p=117 he will also respond to your questions and give you help on issues with Sketchup, I know because he helped me out of a problem I was having.

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americancanuck

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#3 posted 826 days ago

What I do is simply bring the laptop into the shop. When I need dimensions or a different view of some part its all there.

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BobLang

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#4 posted 826 days ago

There is an infinite amount of space in SketchUp (at least I haven’t found the end of it yet) and you can copy the entire model with a couple clicks of the mouse. To generate different views, I just make copies of the model, and set up scenes to show what I want. Here is a link to a pdf file with a bunch of illustrations, all of which came from a single SketchUp model.

http://readwatchdo.com/2011/12/free-stickley-book-rack-plan-format-experiment/

Bob Lang

-- Bob Lang, http://readwatchdo.com/

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NelsonP

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#5 posted 825 days ago

I love SketchUp! Everything always lines up and joints are perfect!

The way I do it is by ensuring that each individual piece is promoted to a component (not a group). A change to a component will be automatically reflected in all copies of that component.

After creating my individual components, I join them to create what i would call my assembled project. I name this scene “Assembly”. I then copy the entire assembled project to a different area of the work space and pull all the components apart, add labels, etc.. I call this one “exploded”. I continue doing this to create as many “scenes” as I think I need to create the project.

The beauty is that if I decide to make a change, It will be reflected in all the scenes automatically (including measurements).

-- -- Nelson

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